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Leonardo DRS Lands $120M Navy Contract to Develop Aircraft Countermeasures Replaceable Package

Leonardo DRS has secured a potential four-year, $120M contract from the U.S. Navy to design representative development and production models of an aircraft countermeasure weapons replaceable assembly.

Work involves the development, integration and testing of Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure WRAs, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

The AN/AAQ-45 DAIRCM system is equipped with a laser technology and designed to protect rotary-wing platforms against infrared missile threats.

Naval Air Systems Command awarded the contract on a sole-source basis and will obligate $23.5M from the branch's fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award.

Contract work will take place in California, Florida and Texas through June 2024.

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